A brand new initiative has recently laid out its ambitious aims to make 1,000 cities around the world give up their dependence on fossil fuels. The hope with this is that these cities will move 100% of their energy consumption over to renewable energy. The projected timeframe for this is to have the change over complete by 2040.
Pathway to Paris and Care2 are the organisations behind the aptly named 1,000 Cities Project. The goal is not only to meet, but to exceed what was laid out in the Paris Agreement. Citizens across the globe will be able to put their signature on a petition to encourage their elected officials to join the cause.
For every signature each petition gets, an email will be sent to the relevant governing body informing them of the desire of its people for change. Hopefully, the influx of signatures and emails will be persuasive enough for lots of different cities to sign up to the initiative.
So far the campaign has been well received and has public support from a number of celebrities and public figures. Recognised names include Olafur Eliasson, Patti Smith, Tony Hawk, Michael Stipe, Talib Kweli, Flea, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston. These people have already endorsed the campaign but who knows who else might join this roster in the near future.
The CEO and Founder of Care2, Randy Paynter, has expressed his delight in being able to join forces with Pathway to Paris in order to put this initiative into motion. He has referred to the project as an “important global initiative”.
He went on to say that by meeting the target that the initiative has set of 1,000 cities would allow individual citizens to fulfill the provisions of the Paris Agreement without having to depend on the current administration. The project will also bypass any climate change deniers who stand in the way of the success of the Paris Agreement.